Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

His week has been crazy!!
We started working in our new area, the Stewart Place ward. This area is completely different. There are so many people outside I didn't even know what to do with myself.. We went to meet with the new bishop at the beginning of the week and he is really focused on missionary work! We are also pretty close to his family so we will have a great time working together and we will be working hard! There is a lot of work to do here and a lot of less active members in our ward that we will be working with as well. We only have one week left in the transfer so we need to get to know the area well so that I can get ready to take it over when Sister Vaaie leaves and I get a new companion. So this week will be another crazy one! We also really need to learn Spanish because most of the people we talk to speak Spanish..
One of the biggest blessings we have from this area is apartments!
Most of the people in the apartments come to us before we even get a chance to say hi and they ask if we have a church! The first time it happened I was shocked. In the area we were in before people ran away from us! In this one they are running to us! It's awesome! 

The other thing about apartments is that some weird stuff happens sometimes..
The other day we were knocking on a door and I was just standing there and all of a sudden a diaper came from the apartment above! Literally 6inches away from me a full baby diaper fell from the sky and landed right next to my feet.. I was 6 inches away from baby poop being dropped on my head. Apartments are great.

This week we got to go on a couple of exchanges! We got to exchange with the STLs and the MSTLs! An MSTL is a mission sister training leader.

Sister Hutchins and Sister Thornock!!
So basically sister assistant to the president. With the STLs I got to stay in our area with Sister Loveless and Sister V went with Sister Campbell. We had a great time working in the new area and trying to get to know the area a little better. Sister Loveless and I found some amazing people and got to talk to a lot of people as we were walking to appointments. On Saturday night we did exchanges with the MSTLs for a couple hours. I got to go with Sister Hutchins to her area. I love exchanges because I get to learn from amazing missionaries and I get to find ways that I can improve.

On Friday we had a baptism! Because of the boundary changes we had a baptism this week! He is 8 and he was so excited to get baptized! But he is apparently afraid of water and when he went under he got so scared he didn't go completely under! When they told him he had to do it again he started crying and ran away from the water. It took about
5 minutes to get him to come back so he could do it again. When he finally came back he was so happy that he got baptized! It was a funny and a spiritual experience. He's such a sweet little kid and I'm excited to serve in his ward and see him grow even more!

This week we are planning on setting 3 people with a baptism date so by the end of the week we will have 4! We have one with a date right now because the elders had to pass him off to us. So we are excited!
We are seeing lots of blessings here!
This ward is going to be working hard with missionary work and we are going to be very busy building the mission program in this ward. I love this ward and I love this work! I'm excited to see this area succeed and to see the members get excited and involved in the work!
I hope you all had a great week! I love you all!

Sister Eliza Hopper

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